7. I’m Leaving
Okay, this is kind of a mean lie, but sometimes it’s necessary to get the kids to behave. When you’re faced with a complete meltdown at the mall or other public place and they won’t budge, threatening to leave them behind usually works.
Of course you would never actually do that, but they don’t need to know that. When they’re misbehaving that much it’s usually out of pure stubbornness or a cry for attention, so the thought of you leaving is exactly what they don’t want to happen.
8. If You Tell the Truth You Won’t Get in Trouble
Meeting their lie with a lie of your own becomes necessary when you’re faced with a chronic liar or a potentially serious situation. In a way, it’s a form of bribery where you’re offering them freedom of punishment before you even hear the crime.
Of course, if they did something that warrants a correction in behavior, they are going to get in trouble despite what you said. Nevertheless, it still usually gets the job done since their fear of getting in trouble far outweighs an outright need to lie.
Thank goodness for small favors.
The Stir (11 Lies Moms Tell Their Kids — Because Sometimes You Just Gotta!)
Babble (The 17 Biggest Lies Every Parent Tells Their Kids)
Family Share (12 Lies Every Mom Tells Her Kids)